Selenium and its relationship to cancer: an update.

  title={Selenium and its relationship to cancer: an update.},
  author={Philip DY Whanger},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  volume={91 1},
Selenomethionine (Semet) is the major seleno-compound in cereal grains and enriched yeast whereas Se-methylselenocysteine (SeMCYS) is the major seleno-compound in Se-accumulator plants and some plants of economic importance such as garlic and broccoli exposed to excess Se. Animals can metabolize both Semet and SeMCYS. Epidemiological studies have indicated an inverse relationship between Se intake and the incidence of certain cancers. Blood or plasma levels of Se are usually lower in patients… CONTINUE READING


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